2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 02, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, B.S., Cybersecurity Concentration

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Program Coordinator: Alice Fischer, Ph.D.

The bachelor’s degree program in Computer Science with a concentration in Cybersecurity is nationally accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC/ABET).  Its objectives are to inform, challenge, and train our diverse student body for a constantly changing world of technology. This program develops a solid body of knowledge and understanding of computer hardware, software, and theory, as defined by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) curriculum guidelines. The concentration in cybersecurity embodies part of the NSA Cyber Operations requirements.

Students enrolled in this concentration will enter the cybersecurity workforce as cybersecurity analysts, engineers, offensive security specialists, responders, and investigators, depending on their course choices.

At the time of graduation, every student should have achieved the following program outcomes:

•           An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to computer science.

•           An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.

•           An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

•           An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

•           An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.

•           An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

•           An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.

•           Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.

•           An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

•           An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension in the tradeoffs involved in design choices.

•           An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

The ability to investigate, protect and test the security of systems.

The program consists of a required core that exposes students to a wide range of computing and technology topics, including the study of databases, hardware, networks, programming, software design, and security.  Advanced courses and the senior design project are selected from either cyber forensics, or cybersecurity.

Typical initial job titles include applications developer, software engineer, digital forensic examiner, cybersecurity analyst, or security engineer. Later titles might be system analyst, team leader, software consultant, or system administrator.

Internship Requirement

An internship enriches the academic experience of the student, providing exposure to a working computing environment and the interpersonal relationships of a workplace. Each internship is a partnership between the student and an employer or organization, with oversight by the academic advisor.  Students must complete 60 credits toward the bachelor’s degree before an internship is attempted.  To complete the internship, a student must perform at least 200 hours of relevant work related to security, submit an essay about the experience, and submit evaluations completed by both the student and the work supervisor.  The internship requirement may be satisfied through employment, community service, or some other activity that is approved by the student’s advisor.

UPE Honor Society

The university has a chapter of the national honor society for computer science, Upsilon Pi Epsilon.  Outstanding juniors and seniors are invited by the chapter to join this organization and participate in its service projects.

Program Requirements

A total of 128 credits, including the University Core Curriculum, is required for the degree of bachelor of science in computer science, Cybersecurity concentration.

University Core Curriculum

Core Tier 1

Core Tier 2

Other Requirements

  • Laboratory science restricted elective (see definition, below)
  • Mathematics restricted elective (4 credits) (see definition, below)
  • Two Restricted electives (see definition, below)
  • Free elective (see definition, below)

Definitions of elective categories and restrictions:

  • CC 3.1: any Tier 2 course, or any Tier 1 course from CC 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or any science course listed in CC 4.1, or MATH 2228
  • CSCI Sophomore or higher elective: any CSCI course with a number above 2000
  • CSCI Senior elective: any CSCI course with a number above 4000
  • Laboratory Science I, II, and Science elective: a laboratory science course that is intended for scientists or engineers
  • Mathematics elective: EASC 3345 or ELEC 3320 or a MATH course beyond the level of MATH 1118
  • Restricted elective: any course approved by the advisor that supports the student’s academic focus (Math, Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, Economics, or Accounting)
  • Free elective: any college course that is beyond the level that is considered as remedial in this program, and does not duplicate material of another required or elective course.  Remedial courses are those below the level of ENGL 1105, MATH 1117, CHEM 1115, PHYS 1150, and BIOL 2253

National Security Agency Accredited Designation

The National Security Agency has designated the University of New Haven as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Fundamentals in the following two programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, NSA Cyber Operations Fundamentals Focus Area
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Networks, NSA Cyber Operations Fundamentals Focus Area

You can earn your degree with the National Security Agency accredited designation of NSA Cyber Operations Fundamentals Focus Area by completing one of these two named degree programs. Doing so will complete the NSA Cyber Operations Focus Area Mandatory Knowledge Units plus these five Optional Knowledge Units: Computer Architecture with Logic Design, Software Security Analysis, Secure Software Development, Digital Forensics and Systems Programming.

To fulfill the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, NSA Cyber Operations Fundamentals Focus Area, in addition to completing the University’s core curriculum, and the courses required by Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, the following courses are required. These courses are used to fulfil the program’s Mathematics Elective, CSCI elective, four concentration electives and three restricted electives. NOTE: This focus area fulfills the BS in Computer Science with a Concentration in Cybersecurity by default. This program and focus area require a total of 128 credits.

CSCI 3338   Introduction to Cyber Forensic Science


CSCI 4434   Assembly Language Programming


CSCI 4438   Small Scale Digital Forensic Science


CSCI 4448   Reverse Engineering


CSCI 4449   Ethical Hacking


CSCI 4482   Wireless Networks


CSCI 4526   Advanced C++/OOPP


CSCI 4538   Memory Forensics


Preferred mathematics elective:

Mathematics Elective (MATH 2203  or MATH 3311   - preferred)



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